Food4Kids
Coordinators: Larry & Cat Shaver

 

Can you imagine having nothing to eat from lunch Friday to breakfast Monday morning?  

"Our vision is – no more hungry children."

 

HELP US FEED THEIR GOALS.

Every child should have a dream for the future – to become a doctor, a musician or maybe a star athlete. When kids don’t have to worry about food, they can focus on learning to help those dreams come true. With your assistance, every child in our community can have a better chance to reach his or her goals. We gladly accept donations of food and money so that we can stock our pantry.

How Food4Kids Backpacks Works

This program provides “Weekend Food Backpacks” for children in Ocean Park Elementary School who have been identified by their school counselors as being in need of additional food for the weekend. These children may participate in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program during the week but struggle over the weekends. Backpacks are sent home with the kids every Friday afternoon. On Monday the child returns the empty backpack to their school nurse or the office to be restocked with food for the following Friday. 

In the 2016-17 school year, more than thirty children at Ocean Park Elementary School received backpacks of quality balanced meals and healthy snacks along with milk and fresh fruit in each backpack for “all children in the family” for the weekend during the school year. 

Food4Kids backpacks may include the following items: cereal, breakfast bars, oatmeal, juice, tuna kits, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter crackers, soup, apple sauce, fruit cups, ravioli, vegetables, shelf-stable milk, and other nutritious food, see our list below.

Background and History of the Program

Many families struggle to eat healthy meals and snacks every day. Food4Kids Backpacks is a free ministry. It is an effort by the Peninsula Community, sponsored by Ocean Park United Methodist Church in Ocean Park, WA to help children eat more healthy meals and snacks through their local elementary school. 

 

The concept for a backpack club was started in 1995 by an Arkansas school nurse. Working with a local Little Rock food bank, the nurse and a group of volunteers began sending food home with needy children. After being teased for being poor, the volunteers began putting the food in backpacks to make it less conspicuous. 

 

The Ilwaco-Long Beach Kiwanis Club Fund, beginning back in January 2011 started the Food4Kids Backpacks Program and began working with families at the Ocean Park Elementary School and Ocean Park United Methodist Church.  When the Ilwaco-Long Beach Kiwanis Club closed, club members chose to continue supporting youth activities by establishing an endowed fund with South Pacific County Community Foundation (SPCCF). A committee of those members made grant recommendations to the Foundation, and their fund will help the support children and youth programs in south Pacific County and Food4Kids Backpack Program. 

 

Who Can Participate?

Low income families can contact their elementary school principal to find out if they qualify for the program.  Program participation will be kept as confidential as possible. A parent or guardian must return a signed permission form for their child to participate. This form is available from their elementary school principal.

 

Current Program Partners

 

Food4Kids Backpacks is supported by the Peninsula Community, Ocean Park United Methodist Church, Ocean Park Elementary School, many other businesses along the Peninsula, and many donations from individuals who support Food4Kids Backpacks.

 

How can I help?

Food4Kids Backpacks needs volunteers to pack and deliver backpacks on a weekly basis during the school year. This happens at the OPUMC church at 11:00am every Thursday morning. You can go to the store and buy items on our list and drop them at the church or at Okie's Thriftway in Ocean Park WA. Here is a list below of items that help. 

 

 

Needed Food Items in Individual Serving Sizes

 

Juice boxes of Apple Juice or 100% Orange Juice
Hot Chocolate packets 
Instant Oatmeal (Box with SINGLE SERVINGS)
Cold Cereal SMALL SINGLE BOXES
Granola Bars/Breakfast Bars
Crackers / Thins / Goldfish (Box with Individual Packages)
Peanut Butter / Jelly SINGLE SERVE PACKETS
Fruit Cups / Canned Fruit / Fresh Fruit
Canned Meals – SpagettiO’s / Ravioli / Mild Chili (Pull Top Lid)
Tuna Kits / Pouches / “Lunch to Go” (Tuna, Chicken)
Top Ramen / Cup-a-Soup
Chicken / Vegetable Soup - SINGLE SERVE WITH A PULL TOP
Canned Vegetables - SINGLE SERVE WITH A PULL TOP
Fruit leathers / Fruit Snacks / Raisins - Snack Size
Pudding cups / Apple Sauce cups / Fruit cups
Single Serving Shelf Stable Milk 8 oz. regular/Soy/Rice Milk

 

Financial donations can be sent to;

 

Ocean Park United Methodist Church

P.O. Box 326 

Ocean Park, WA. 98640

 

Please note ‘Food4Kids’ on the memo line. 

 

For more information on Food4Kids Backpack Program please send us an email at opumc1914@gmail.com.

 

 

You can also donate through the South Pacific County Community Foundation.  

 

Check us out on FacebookFood4Kids  @Food4KidsBackpackOP or #Food4KidsOP

 

Link below to download our Food4Kids Backpack Brochure.

 

Food4Kids Backpack Brochure

 

                                                                                      

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Food-4-Kids Backpack Ministry

Regular Schedule
Office Hours
  • Tuesday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Thursday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Friday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sunday
  • Adult Sunday School
    – 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Singing your favorite hymns
    – 10:45 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Sunday Service
    – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats and good conversations
    – 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
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This Week's Events
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THU
Food-4-Kids School Backpack Program
11:00 AM
Our vision is simple – no more hungry children.

#Food4KidsOP - Fill food backpacks for the children of Ocean Park Elementary School. We supply weekend food for grades Pre-School through 4th grade. Backpacks are sent home with the kids every Friday afternoon. On Monday the child returns the empty backpack to their school office to be restocked with food for the following weekend.

Thank you to all who help us feed the children, our future...
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